Below is a copy of the press release sent out by the town of West New York regarding Mario Blanch’s appointment as their new Assistant Town Attorney.
“I had the option to join a big corporate law firm after graduating law school,” West New York attorney and North Bergen native Mario M. Blanch, Esquire explained, “But I didn’t want that. I wanted to help people. More specifically, I wanted to help my own community.”
Blanch was hired as West New York’s Assistant Town Attorney on February 25, 2013, which is both an honor and a natural transition for him, he says, as he has had his own general law practice in the town since 2004.
Blanch hails from a social worker father and a school principal mother, both of whom taught him the importance of honesty and giving back to the community.
After graduating from North Bergen High School in 1995, Blanch earned his Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. in 1999. He then decided the best way to honor his parents’ example was to pursue a career in law.
Blanch graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 2002 with a Juris Doctorate and clerked for the Honorable Marguerite Simon, Presiding Judge of the Chancery division where he assisted the court with complex business litigation, estate matters, and intellectual property disputes.
He then opened his own practice in West New York.
“As a kid, I played a lot of sports, so I always had a lot of friends in West New York,” Blanch recalled. “I found the people here to be extraordinarily welcoming and the community is very strong. It was simply a natural fit for my practice.”
As for his new position working directly for the town, Blanch says he is enthusiastic to try and make a difference and to bring new and fresh ideas to the table within the context of municipal government – for instance, reworking old ordinances and working directly with the community to assess the needs of the public and relay those needs to elected government officials.
“I’ve known Dr. Roque for many years, and he’s always been a strong, honest force in the community as an activist,” Blanch continued. “I think the doctor’s ideology is similar to my own in that I’ve fought hard to create an open and honest government in North Bergen with my legal work, and the mayor is trying to do the same.”